RESIDENTS PERTURBED AS COASTAL EROSION MAKES ITS RETURN

Published : 10:56 am  July 5, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (625) reads | 

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Untitled-9Sea erosion along the coastal belt from Dehiwala to Ratmalana made its return this year as well, but with more misfortune and disturbance. It has worsened the hardship of hundreds of poor persons who already face trial after trial as the trembling waves often wrecked their abodes. Sources said nearly ten houses were destroyed just two week ago, while the number of destroyed houses stood at more than 70 last year. People residing along the coast pointed out that sea erosion was worse this year. They said a plot of land in a vast area had already undergone erosion.

Families in the endangered area moved to safer locations leaving their houses and property to the mercy of the waves, they said while pointing out that the edge of the beach was only 300 metres away from the railway line. They lamented that the railway line was now exposed to rough waves. Meanwhile, fisherfolk in the area stated that they were compelled to live along the beach for the sake of livelihood, and that they should be re-settled in a location in close proximity to the beach. Sarath Devage (45), a fisherman in the area, said they lived along the beach for a long time without any problem. The area was affected by sea erosion only after the construction work of the Port City Project commenced, he said. However, he stated that the relevant authorities who coordinated the project failed to foresee its adverse environmental effects.